Apple Street Market Moves Closer To Reality

AppleStreet_Northside_LogoExcitement is building as Apple Street Market moves closer to reality.  On November 3rd a group of  Apple Street volunteers  gave representatives from Interact for Health a  tour of the former Save-A-Lot. Interact for Health is considering a proposal to award Apple Street $100,000 towards store equipment.  Apple Street passed the first stage. Final Grant recipients will be announced in December.  The site visit was impressive. Neighborhood architects Mary Jo Minerich and Renee Martin described the store layout, Northside Community Council President Ollie Kroner, Community Council Board Member Barry Schwartz , All Around Northside Community Activist Heather Sturgill and Amazing CAIN and Apple Street Volunteer Darryl Jenkins emphasized neighborhood support and how the full-service grocery store will be a place where people of all backgrounds can rub shoulders and find things they are looking for. Casey Whitten-Amadon and I answered questions about market size and how the store will operate. All in all,  a great day!

Neighborhood support is energizing! People attending weekly meetings, connecting with neighbors, designing our store layout, creating our promotional materials, planning events, helping out with the website, keeping the future parking lot of Apple Street clean! Awesome.

Now, people are even volunteering to get pied in the face to support the store! Have you heard about the Take a Pie Challenge? Want to laugh and help raise awareness and community ownership shares? Join in!  Check out the videos on our facebook page for inspiration. You can do the challenge on your own or you can come to our Apple Street Meeting on Wednesdays at Happen Inc at 7pm. We’ll have all the whip cream and pie pans needed and cell phones aplenty to record the action.

Want to do more? 

Participate in upcoming events:

Apple Street Market JAMboree -Saturday, November 8th – 5-10pm in the Apple Street Parking Lot! Fire pits, Roasting Marshmallows, Apple Cider, Jam sessions and more. Save the date!

Participate in the planning process:

Apple Street Event Planning Committee meets every Monday at Happen/Toylab at 7pm – All are welcome!

Apple Street General Meeting happens every Wednesday at Happen/Toylab at 7pm – All are welcome!

Invite friends to become an Owner Today!

Purchase a share for $100

No annual fee

Available to everyone

Subsidized for applicants who qualify for SNAP or free & reduced lunch

Online Community-Ownership shares are available at www.
Or, you can invite people to download the contract from our website and pay with check or Money Order to the following address:

Apple Street Market Cooperative 
P.O. Box 24192
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Together we will bring this grocery to life!

For questions, or to get involved: 

Casey Whitten-Amadon (Project Manager); (513) 368-9694
Kristen Barker (CUCI President);


By Kristen Barker

Kristen Barker
About Kristen Barker (2 Articles)
Kristen is the President of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative. As a community organizer for the past 12 years, she fosters faith, labor & community partnerships. She is the mother of a resilient daughter with special needs. She is a lifelong Cincinnati resident (except 2 years in El Salvador) and lives in Northside.

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